Help us build a legacy for our community.

The 2019 Artists in Residence (left to right) Desmond Miller, Shantel Miller, Aaron Jones, James Yeboah, Emilie Croning (curator), Soko Negash, Solana Cain.

A Canadian First

With your help, our facility will become the first professional, multi-disciplinary centre for Afro-diasporic art in Canada.

Nia Centre will provide space to create, learn, collaborate and experience art. A place for our community to gather. For Torontonians to experience art and cultural events rooted in historical and modern traditions – from drumming to digital art installation, theatre production, and movie screenings. We celebrate Black history year-round and enable all Canadians to understand how our history and culture is shaped by the Afro-diaspora. Together we will build a more inclusive, culturally aware society.

This is where Black artists will create, learn, showcase and collaborate. Donate today!

Why Now

Real Estate

Rising costs of real estate have made arts spaces inaccessible.


Black artists & community organizations are traditionally pushed out of spaces as our cultural art forms are seen as less than mainstream.


Toronto is home to Canada’s largest Black community, but we don’t have a space to gather.

Through Nia Centre, I have participated in several group shows, sold artwork, spoke on a panel and facilitated a painting workshop. I truly believe the Centre has been a major stepping stone that has further propelled me into my purpose this year. The future is bright for Nia Centre and those who cross its path.

Shantel Miller on Black Art Space

What We’re Building

Once completed, our renovated space at 524 Oakwood Avenue will be fully accessible and feature:

  • A 150-seat multi-purpose performance space
  • A digital media studio
  • A recording studio
  • An artist studio
  • Youth space
  • Event space
  • Board room and co-working spaces
  • Gallery space

These studios and spaces will allow artists to create, perform and exhibit work in music, dance, photography, digital media, visual art, film and theatre.

Read more about Our Space

Our Impact

The FAQs

Answers to frequently asked questions:

If I donate, will I get a tax receipt?

As a charitable organization, all donations over $20 are eligible for a tax receipt.


If you make a donation through our Canada Helps page, you will automatically receive a tax receipt. If you chose to donate by cheque we will issue a receipt within 30 days, just be sure to include the address you would like the receipt addressed too.

How can I donate more than amounts suggested here?

If you’re interested in making a major gift, please contact us directly at

How can I amplify the fundraising initiative?

Tell a friend, share on social media, do whatever you can to share throughout your networks. We have an ambitious goal, and we will need a movement in order to bring our vision to life.


We appreciate any effort to get the word out to as many folks as possible. Please follow us @niacentre on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to keep up with the latest news on this project.

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